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Bulletin of Sweet Briar College Vol. 53, No. 5, April 1970 

Published by the College in October, November (2), February, April, May, 
July. Second-class postage at Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 


There is no way for us to describe the year you are about to experience. 
It will be one filled with many mixed emotions, sad and happy moments, 
failures and successes. You will be presented with countless opportunities, 
and choices you make will be yours. You may not always make the right 
decision, but the freedom to mold your own life is the essence of in- 
dependence and part of the big step you are about to take. 

As soon as you arrive you will learn about our Honor System which 
places honor and mutual trust as the basis for community living. Each 
student is required to govern herself according to the standards set forth 
under this system. In return she is granted responsibilities and privileges. 

You will be meeting many different kinds of people and with them 
sharing in the traditions and the Sweet Briar way of life. You will learn 
that community living requires a certain amount of give and take on every 
side. Respect and tolerance for those whose ideas conflict with yours is 
the very thing that will increase your range of knowledge beyond academics. 
Everyone you meet will teach you something and in some way make your 
education at Sweet Briar more complete. 

We feel THE KEY may help to familiarize you with the more personal 
aspects of Sweet Briar life, one step beyond the catalog . . . 

Fran Griffith 
Ann Compton 
Katie Harris 
Class of 1970 
Spring, 1970 

". . . Pleased to Meet You!" 

The moment that you arrive on Sweet Briar's campus your "Big Sister" 
will be there to meet you. Dressed in white, your Big Sister is a member 
of the Orientation Committee composed of Sophomores. Each Sophomore 
has two or three "Little Sisters" whom she will have contacted during the 

During the first week, which precedes classes, a varied program is 
planned to acquaint you with Sweet Briar. A schedule for the events of 
the week is given to you when you arrive. Administrative officers of the 
college and heads of student organizations will explain the academic program, 
the Honor System, and the Student Government Association. The Assistant 
Dean will serve as counselor for your class during its first year. She will 
advise you on any problems or questions you may have concerning the 
academic aspects of college life. Tours of the campus are given during 
this week and many informal events are planned, such as small coffee 
parties in faculty homes. A reception is given for the new students by the 

On the social side, a freshman mixer is arranged for your first week- 
end on campus which everyone attends en masse. It is planned to help 
you meet men mostly from the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee, 
Virginia Military Institute, and Hampden-Sydney. 

Further orientation is carried on during the year. Your Big Sister 
will be available to advise you on personal matters or in your academic 
concerns. Other informal gatherings are held at various times to give 
you chances to meet your sister class, the Juniors, as well as other 
upperclassmen and faculty. 


Every Freshman will soon discover that Sweet Briar has established 
ceremonies and traditions that are very much a part of it. Some are 
sentimental; others are light-hearted; all are meaningful. 

Early in the year when one night you might see and hear a group of 
girls singing and marching down the halls of your dorm, don't be alarmed — 
this is TAPPING, the traditional way that some of the clubs choose new 
members. The Aints and Asses, Bum Chums, Paint and Patches, Chung 
Mungs and Sweet Tones tap the doors of the newly chosen members. 
Many of the other clubs and organizations are elected or selected from the 
student body and many are open simply on the basis of interest. 

FOUNDERS' DAY is celebrated in October with a morning program 
in Babcock Auditorium and a brief ceremony on Monument Hill. All 
morning classes are cancelled. The Seniors wear their black academic 
robes for the first time (hemmed by members of your class). Ignoring the 
fact that every Senior can easily be identified by her poised and knowl- 
edgeable look, robes will help you in identifying the most illustrious of 

PARENTS' DAY is your family's chance to get to know your roommate, 
your professors, meet your college friends and to see the campus with 
you as their guide. Parents' Day is usually held the last Saturday in October, 
but be sure to make motel reservations early if your parents are planning 
to come. 

Somehow in addition to their myriad activities, the Seniors manage to 
produce, to direct, and to star in the SENIOR SHOW, worthy of Broad- 
way or off-Broadway, perhaps. It is always full of songs and hilarity. 

The Christmas season begins early on campus. The Junior class sponsors 
the CHRISTMAS BAZAAR and the most popular stores in the area are 
invited to participate, bringing a variety of student-suggested Christmas 
gifts. There are many booths, one of which is sponsored by your class. 
The proceeds go to the Student Development Fund. 

Once every four years, the Faculty takes time from scholarly pursuits to 
create their own version of the world of the theater — THE FACULTY 
SHOW. It is amazing to discover that our professors have such a humorous 
insight into our particular habits. The next Faculty Show will be in 1974. 

As we move around the calendar, STEP SINGING marks off fall, 
Christmas, and spring. It is a traditional gathering of all four classes in 
front of the Refectory. Underclassmen sing to the other classes. This is 
an occasion when the Seniors proudly occupy their coveted Senior stairs, 
which they alone may use. 

At JUNIOR BANQUET, toasts and high spirits prevail to celebrate 
the arrival of the Juniors at the Senior stairs. Class rings are presented at 
the Banquet and the Juniors return to challenge the Seniors for their stairs 
and status. 

SPRING WEEKEND, late in April or early May, is a perfect oppor- 
tunity for you to be a hostess Instead of a guest. Activities may vary, 
but usually include a concert, combo parties, and a picnic. 

Soon it will be May and spring will have sprung and you will find 
yourself wondering where this first year went. This is a time of year when 
you will be finding your own favorite ways of enjoying spring at SBC 
from picnics to sun-bathing and of course, studying for those exams. 

But before exams, two more traditional events take place. AMHERST 
COUNTY DAY is held on a Saturday in the spring and has much of the 
flavor of an old-fashioned fair with contests and exhibits, games and 
homemade food. A jousting tournament is a highlight of the day, and 
Sweet Briar girls take on the job of hostesses to all county residents. 

LANTERN BEARING is perhaps the loveliest tradition at Sweet Briar 
and is the last event before graduation. Each Senior chooses as her 
lantern bearer an underclassman who makes an original lantern for her. 
The Seniors wear their robes and the underclassmen are dressed in white 
for an outdoor candlelight procession. The lanterns usually represent 
something symbolic or meaningful for the Senior. It is a very special 
ceremony and makes many freshmen aware that their first hectic, fun-filled 
year as a Sweet Briar girl is too quickly coming to an end. 


You are probably wondering where you will be living and what your 
roommate will be like. These are only a few of the hundred and one things 
on your mind. Don't worry about bringing too many things for your room 
when you arrive. Once you are settled in your room, you can send home 
for those extras you need or buy them in town. Your room will be supplied 
with a desk and chair, bookcase, bureau, wall mirror, and bed, leaving a 
lot of potential for your decorative ingenuity. Most rooms also have a 
wall lock box. The above items don't add much to the room's decor and 
comfort, but here is where you and your roommate come through to make 
it distinctly "your" room. Here are a few suggestions to make your room 
a little more livable and cozier; its personality is left up to you. 

1. Essentials: sheets (4, and contour sheets are very convenient), pillow- 
cases and pillow, mattress pad (required), blankets, wash cloths and 
towels, 2 laundry bags. 

2. The overhead lights are not very strong so you might want to 
bring a good desk lamp (Tensor, for example) and a pole lamp. Don't 
forget extension cords. 

3. A typewriter, alarm clock, waste basket, and bulletin board are 
practical necessities. A clock radio, a record player, hairdryer or 
electric curlers may not be necessities, but they are nice to have 

4. Your curtains, bedspreads, and rug should be bought in Lynchbuig 
since you won't know your room's measurements and you will want 
to collaborate on those items with your roommate. 

5. Posters, prints, pictures, and other wall decorations as well as stuffed 
animals, flowers, and throw pillows will make your room more 

6. Don't forget little incidentals like skirt hangers, a sewing kit and 
scissors, shower cap, a soap dish, and a dictionary. 

Smokers, where smoking is permitted, are central gathering places 
in each dorm for conversation, bull sessions, and bridge games. Most 
smokers include a small kitchenette, convenient for those after-hours popcorn 

Studying usually predominates in the study areas of Glass and in Reid 
"Pit." The Emily Bowen Room is on the ground floor of Dew and of course, 
the libraries are replete with students, at least just before exams. 


Truthfully, SBC girls wear everything and almost anything. Your best 
bet is to bring the clothes you most enjoy wearing. We dress neatly, but 
casually. Most girls wear shifts, skirts, slacks, or jeans to classes. It is 
usually warm from September through October, so bring some transitional 
clothing along with your fall wardrobe. Later it gets fairly cold so be sure 
to include sweaters, slacks, socks, gloves, and anything else to keep you 
warm, especially a heavy winter coat and boots. It is a good idea to 
bring along a raincoat and umbrella. The same casual dress is good for 
dates although girls like to wear everything from bell-bottoms and a 
dressy blouse to a suit. For occasions such as college weekends, your 
choices are endless. Anything from a simple wool dress to a smart-looking 
pants suit to a dressy dress is acceptable for fraternity parties. Once 
you become acquainted with a fraternity or school, you will be able to 
determine what to wear to its parties. 

While planning your wardrobe, it is a good idea to bring a lot of 
interchangeable outfits so that you can switch your clothes around and 
find your closet space workable. When spring arrives, you might want 
to have a bathing suit and sun reflector tucked away so you can take 
advantage of the eagerly awaited spring sunshine. 

For campus concerts, lectures, and plays, you will need some basic wool 
dresses and low heels. If you are planning on riding, you will need riding 
boots, breeches, a riding coat and a hard hat. 

We have a college laundry. Nametapes must be sewn on everything 
you send. You are given an allowance of $1.15 per week and most girls 
find that adequate. On both sides of campus, in Dew, Reid and in Carson, 
there are washing machines and dryers. For clothing that needs to be 
dry-cleaned there are campus representatives who will send it out for you. 
Seamstresses on campus do alterations and hemming if you need their 

Two final items you might like to include are clothes bags and a 
hanging or floor shoe rack. Although they are not a necessity, they will 
help your wardrobe make it through the year. A sweater box for under 
your bed is another good space-saving idea. 


You will soon realize how different college work is compared to high 
school. Professors seldom give nightly assignments and classes do not meet 
daily, but usually on alternate days three times a week. Because you are 
left so much on your own to keep up with the work, it is easy to fall 
behind. Grades are based on fewer individual marks than in high school. 
Often there are just two mid-term exams and a final or a paper. You 
will soon become accustomed to long-term reading assignments, term 
papers, hourlies, and exams. Attitudes toward cutting classes vary with 
each professor and each course. You are expected to attend all classes 
and it is to your advantage to do so. The professors here are very 
understanding and willing to help their students. Don't hesitate to approach 
any member of the faculty for help or advice. It is an excellent opportunity 
to show him you are interested and concerned. Remember your work in 
college will be exactly what you make it. 


What are you going to do now that you've finished studying for the 
day? Instinctively, every SBC girl heads for the Post Office in Manson. 
But there are a few other spots which rival the P. O.'s title of "favorite 
place." The BOOK SHOP has an inviting air and a cozy fire in the fireplace 
in the winter months. It provides the staples for academic life and in 
addition, offers stationery, jewelry, many gift items for birthdays and 
special occasions. Film is sent out daily and is returned within five days. 
You may order any imaginable book or record at no extra cost. Student 
charge accounts may be opened in October. The favorite spot in the 
new WAILES COLLEGE CENTER is the Bistro, a snack bar offering beer 
and music. The College Center will welcome you with or without a date. 
There is also a dining room and several lounges and game rooms in which 
to relax and talk. 

A 20-minute hike from campus is the OUTING CABIN — a retreat from 
studies, dorm life, and refectory food. The cabin has a large fireplace, 
and bunks for 8-10 girls plus a cabin leader. A taste of Thoreau on the 
Sweet Briar campus. 

The BOAT HOUSE is a similar haven for picnics and parties. In early 
fall and spring, the deck of the Boat House is full of sun-worshippers. 
Outdoor fireplaces, row boats and canoes add to the facilities for a good 
time on campus. The Monument Hill PICNIC GROUNDS have several 
large grills and picnic tables in a lighted clearing. You and your date may 
drink 3.2 beer in this area. 


The INFORMATION CENTER is located on the ground floor of 
Manson. There you may order taxis and meet your dates who are un- 
familiar with the campus. If you have gone over on your laundry allowance, 
you must pay the extra here and may pick up your laundry. The Informa- 
tion Center is also where you sign in for keys on the Key System which 
will be explained to you during Orientation. 

Throughout the year there are lectures, concerts, plays, and art exhibi- 
tions on campus. The Social Committee sponsors a series of Saturday 
night movies and there is a Sunday night foreign film series you might 
attend if you aren't too exhausted from your weekends! Every two years 
the entire community participates in a student-arranged symposium: 
TEMPO. Focused on a topic of special interest, the program features 
outstanding speakers and discussion sessions and may also include films, 
plays, or concerts. 



You can't live at SBC without confronting beautiful downtown Lynchburg 
at one time or another, whether it be to ease the hunger pangs which 
occur every time you sit down to study or to celebrate passing Biology 
by buying some new bell-bottoms. The trip to L'burg is an expedition 
of 35 minutes by bus to the center of town. There are also two shopping 
centers: Pittman and Boonsboro Plazas within easy access via another 
bus. For clothes, try Miller and Rhoads, Vogue, Wills-Camp, The Band 
Box, Smartwear-lrving-Saks, and the Heather Shop, and the Pappagallo Shop 
for shoes. We suggest Miller and Rhoads or Leggett's for your department 
store needs; Bowen's or Buckingham-Flippin for jewelry. 

When your stomach cries out in hunger, you will be happy (or unhappy 
if you're trying to diet) to know that there are plenty of places to eat 
in the area. Close at hand and number one in our opinion is the Beef n' 
Pizza House, located on Rt. 29, about 15 minutes from the campus. 
Fantastic roast beef sandwiches and the world's best pizza are their 
specialties. Nearby is Lendy's, famous for fried chicken. Conveniently close 
is High's ice cream — the downfall of all Sweet Briar girls. If your check- 
book is healthy or if you're with your parents, The Columns, Howard 
Johnson's, and the dining room at the Ramada Inn will provide a delicious 
dinner. You may want to join the James River Club in Lynchburg or 
have your parents join to enjoy its fine dining facilities. Closer to school, 
in Amherst, the Gay Nineties and Tommy's (The Briar Patch Inn) are 
conveniently located and easy on the pocketbook. The village of Amherst, 
3 miles from SBC, has drug stores, grocery stores, a ten-cent store, and 
repair shops. Here is where you'll catch the Trailways buses for Charlottes- 
ville and points north. 



You will be amazed at the number and variety of the items that drain 
your college allowance. The Student Activities Fee is $50 and is due on 
arrival. It includes all Student Government activities and supports the 
publications and other student enterprises. During the year, you will be 
asked to contribute to Campus Chest, Student Development, and for 
various dorm parties. 

Text books each semester will ring up a sizable amount which must be 
paid for by cash or check and cannot be charged at the Book Shop. We 
suggest planning on $50-$70 for textbooks. Freshmen generally maintain 
the same courses through second semester, but when you begin to take 
only one semester courses, be prepared to budget book money for February 
as well as September. Second-hand books are available. 

Incidental spending will include trips to the new COLLEGE CENTER 
for a grilled cheeseburger and trips into Lynchburg to go shopping ($1.20 
round trip). Don't overlook cash for dry cleaning, any repairs, $3 for your 
post office box. Your most consistent expenses will be transportation and 
hostess fees on the weekends. It is a Southern tradition for women to pay 
for their accommodations on weekends and the rates in Charlottesville 
and Lexington are approximately $3 to $5 per night. Transportation by 
bus might be $4 round trip. To save money on transportation, check the 
RIDE BOARD in Gray. Car-owners post notices of space for riders to 
various destinations. Riders usually split the expenses and pay for tolls 
on long trips and everybody is happy with the arrangement. All it takes 
is a phone call to the driver and you're all set. 


If you are a member of the riding set, you will spend $80 a season 
for 20 rides, $120 for 30 rides, and $150 for daily rides in each season. 

The student bank handles student accounts and will cash out-of-town 
checks. We suggest starting with a monthly allowance of $50 to cover 
expenses. Girls earn extra money by working in one of the student self-help 
jobs such as waitressing, assisting in the libraries and laboratories, or 
baby-sitting, to name only a few. They also type papers and do alterations 
for their fellow students. 


Once you arrive at Sweet Briar, you are not stranded there for life. 
You will notice a strange change comes over the campus on Fridays. Most 
of your Friday classes, especially afternoon ones, seem smaller. Actually, 
SBC girls might end up any place, but the most familiar destinations are 
the men's colleges. Our favorites are: UVA in Charlottesville; W & L and 
VMI in Lexington; University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Hampden- 
Sydney, near Farmville; as well as Princeton. Before you know it, you will 
be making "contacts" and the invitations will be coming. The big weekends 
are the ones to look for. They are the Fall (Openings and Homecomings), 
Winter and Spring weekends which usually include cocktail and fraternity 
parties and concerts. 

Going somewhere in a SBC girl's car is by far the cheapest mode of 
transportation, but if you cannot find a ride, you can always take a bus. 


The Trailways Bus stop is in Amherst, and we do have the Southern Railway, 
but their schedules are inconvenient and the trains rarely on time. Flying 
may be the answer to some of your problems. The Lynchburg airport 
is serviced by Piedmont Airlines. The trip to the airport is an expensive 
taxi fare and it is wise to share a taxi and split the price. So don't worry, 
if you need transportation you will find it somehow. Be sure to go over 
the Parental Permission slip with your parents carefully in regard to the 
sections on cars and planes, as these may restrict your means of transpor- 


Whether your field of major interest is Biology or Fine Arts, there 
is a chance for each of you to enrich your life here at SBC by participating 
in group activity. Many of the clubs are open to all students; some, how- 
ever, retain a small membership and new members are "tapped." Freshmen 
are restricted in the clubs and activities they may join in the first semester. 
Also certain academic ratings are required for participation in many 


Are you an actress or interested in the mechanics of production? The 
drama club offers opportunities for both. Membership is attained only 
after accumulation of many hours of work in either area, accompanied by 
an enthusiastic interest in the Sweet Briar Theater. 


The Asses' foremost purpose is to make the dignified Paint and Patches 
dramatists appear in a different light, so they stage take-offs of P & P 
productions. A sense of humor, a thorough non-sensical personality and the 
ability to concoct spur-of-the-moment presentations are prerequisites. 
Newly tapped members are hialf-Asses until they prove themselves by 
presenting a show. A & A is one of the few clubs which has tapped faculty 
as members. 


Composed of Seniors and a few Juniors who have shown an outstanding 
combination of scholarship and constructive influence, Tau Phi recognizes 
those student leaders who still manage to make the Dean's List too. They 
aim to stimulate the more scholarly interests at SBC by sponsoring lectures 
and holding topical discussions. 



The Chung Mungs are a sheet-clad society of nine Seniors and four 
Juniors who delight in robbing the honorable Tau Phi's of some of their 
not-too-intact dignity. During the year they employ their energies in such 
pursuits as selling Tuesday night Goodies in the dorms to raise funds for 
worthy causes. 

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The members of Q. V., the sophomore honorary society, are elected by 
their classmates in the spring for the spirit and enthusiasm they displayed 
as freshmen. Their names are kept secret until spring Step Singing of 
their sophomore year. Their purpose is to combat sophomore slump and 
promote class spirit. There is an intense rivalry between the Q. V.'s 
and the Bum Chums who try their hardest to unveil the Q. V.'s identities. 


"The Notorious Ten" are chosen at the end of sophomore year, the night 
of spring Step-Singing. They involve themselves in various community 
activities, including the Bloodmobile visit, and are renowned for their 
"Holiday Inns" — shows given before Christmas and Spring vacations. 


Membership is open to dancers who qualify on the basis of performance, 
technical ability, and interest. In the spring they present a much-anticipated 
recital with original dance compositions. 



Membership is open to all those interested in encouraging understanding 
between races through education and action. Various projects such as 
lectures and book discussions are undertaken by CURA to expose and 
educate the community to conditions at Sweet Briar and in the country. 


The Sweet Tones are a small group who sing popular music. Chosen from 
all classes at try-outs, the group performs at various social events. The 
morning of Christmas vacation, the Sweet Tones become early risers and 
sing Christmas carols through each dorm just as it's time to get up. 
You can't help but wake up full of the Christmas spirit. 

Leading off the numerous activities which anyone may participate 
in is the ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. Every student automatically becomes 
a member. In the fall, hockey, tennis, and lacrosse are the team sports. 
Those who enjoy hiking may join the OUTING CLUB which also sponsors 
ski trips. In the winter, basketball and modern dance as well as gymnastics 
come into prominence. Intra-mural activities take place throughout the 
year. Horseback riding is, of course, very popular. Riding events include 
several horse shows, point-to-point meets and annual riding clinics. Riding 


is a year-round activity and our facilities are excellent including an indoor 
riding ring in the new Riding Center. In the spring, tennis, lacrosse, 
golf, boating, canoeing, and swimming are resumed. Sweet Briar's varsity 
athletic teams play nearby colleges in hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and basket- 


This is an organization of volunteers working in conjunction with the 
Amherst County Welfare Department to tackle community problems in 
a constructive way. Activities vary from tutoring children to helping needy 
families and the aged. 


A weekly paper, THE SWEET BRIAR NEWS, welcomes those who like 
to write or take pictures, as does the BRIAR PATCH, the college yearbook. 
The literary magazine, THE BRAMBLER, will give you a chance to display 
your literary or artistic talents in the form of essays, short stories, poems, 
and drawings. 

When you arrive at Sweet Briar you will find other organizations 
whose functions are more universally known. Membership is open for 
CULTURE welcomes all students interested in the culture, language and 
history of Italy. CHOIR members are chosen by audition. Representatives 
on CAMPUS CHEST (organized for the annual fund drive) and the 
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, an adjunct of the college Develop- 
ment program, are generally appointed; CURRICULUM COMMITTEE 
and VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE COMMITTEE members are elected by 
each class. 



Walking around campus the first few weeks you may hear words that 
don't sound like English ... or French . . . They are the Sounds of Sweet 

ALL NIGHTER — those dreaded days when work compels you to stay 
up, and up, and up . . . 

BOONDOCKING — a favorite pastime of Virginia gentlemen on dates, 
consisting of evening-time picnics in the late spring. 


familiar blue bound books used for final exams. 

CALENDAR DAYS — the two days before and after vacations when 
class attendance is required. 

CHAUTAUQUA — the Friday afternoon gatherings of students and 

faculty for coffee and cookies, sponsored each week by a different 
organization on campus. 

CHUNG MUNG GOODIES — those indescribably delicious brownies, 
cookies, and donuts which the Chung Mungs tempt us with every 
Tuesday night. 

COMMONS — the large room on the ground floor of Grammer set up as 
a study hall and general meeting area. 


CLOSING HOUR — the time at which all the dorms are locked and at 
which you must come in from dates, until you are given the key 

FACEBOOK — the publication put out with all those horrendous freshmen 
pictures, a prized possession of all fraternities. 

HOURLY — an hour-long test, pre-announced. 

KEY PRIVILEGE — permission to use dorm keys to let yourself in after 
closing hour. Freshmen are eligible after their first semester. 

MOTHER MACKE'S — near Reid Pit, this vendeteria is replete with 
vending machines of all kinds. 

PINK — the pink slip on which you sign out for overnights. 

PINKIES — the Pinkerton men, Sweet Briar's bodyguards, not to be confused 
with "pinks." 

REID PIT — the large study hall in the basement of Reid dormitory. 

RESERVE ROOM — the room on the second floor of the library where 
teachers place books on "reserve" which can't be checked out. 

RING GAME — a Senior tradition played near the Senior stairs whereby 
a Senior announces her engagement. 

SENIOR STAIRS — the central stairs leading into the Refectory. Under- 
classmen dare not tread upon these Golden Stairs, the private 
domain of the illustrious Seniors. 

SIGNING OUT — the process of filling out a pink slip in the Dean of 
Students office for an overnight absence. 

STU G. — Student Government Association, which meets the first 
Wednesday of every month. 

WARNINGS — Shortly after the middle of each term, warning notices 
are sent to you and your parents if you have an average of C-minus 
or less in a course after the first six weeks. Many times warnings are 
based only on the first six-weeks test. It usually takes this much time to 
become adjusted to college work so don't think that your warning is 
the start of a pattern for your future work. If you receive a warning, 
don't panic. Go and talk to your professor. 

"The Key to Sweet Briar College" was originally published by students in 1948 and 
has since been revised biennially.